BS-III vehicles ban: Two-wheeler showrooms in Gurgaon down shutters as people rush for discounts
Two-wheeler showrooms had to down their shutters in Gurgaon on Friday following rush of customers on hearing of discounts in clearance sale because of ban of BS-III models by Supreme Court .gurgaon Updated: Mar 31, 2017 18:23 IST
Two-wheeler showrooms had to down their shutters in Gurgaon on Friday following rush of customers for clearance sale after the ban of BS-III models by Supreme Court .
A number of customers lined up outside showrooms asking for bikes and scooters at discounted prices. However, the manager had to down shutters as they had no stock left of BS-III compliant two-wheelers.
“I came to buy an Activa and enquired about Honda Hornet 160R bike, but they have closed the showroom. I rushed here today after getting news of sale of BS-III two-wheelers at a discounted price,” said Kamla Devi outside Honda showroom in Sector 14 market.
“I came to get any vehicle that was available on discount. I heard they were offering a discount of Rs 15,000 to 20,000 on Splendour and Glamour bikes,” said Mukesh Sharma outside Hero Motocorp showroom in sector 14 market.
Ashok Kumar, Varun Kumar Verma, and Virbhan had the same complaint. They came to purchase bikes from Hero showroom but were disheartened to see downed shutters.
People managing the showrooms said they finished their BS-III stock on March 20 and now customers can only buy BS-IV complaint two-wheelers. Some showrooms also pasted notice of ‘BS-III models out of stock’.
There was a heavy rush at the showrooms on Thursday evening also as people waited to get delivery of the vehicles.
There were reports that two-wheeler majors Hero MotoCorp, Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India (HMSI), Bajaj Auto and Suzuki Motorcycle were offering discounts of up to Rs 22,000 on BS-III models to liquidate stocks, a day after the Supreme Court banned sale and registration of such vehicles from April 1.
With 6.71 lakh two-wheelers, out of over 8 lakh BS-III vehicles impacted by the ban, dealers said the immediate effort is to sell as many units as possible before the deadline by offering “unheard of discounts” in the industry.
HMSI, which had initially offered a flat discount of Rs 10,000 on its BS-III scooters and motorcycles increased it to Rs 22,000 later in the day.
“We already sold out the BS III model vehicles a week back and informed the consumers who visited the showroom to enquire regarding the discounted two-wheelers on Friday. At present, we only have BS IV model vehicles,” said Sharad Goyal, who owns a dealership of Hero MotoCorp located in Sector-14.